Numbers Out on Elder Abuse

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Thirty-eight hundred cases of elder abuse were reported in the state last year. About half of those were regarded as self-neglect.

Human services officials say they rely on the community to help report incidents. Besides self-neglect, there are three other categories of elder abuse-material, physical, and neglect by a caregiver.

Last year, Eau Claire County reported 29 cases; Chippewa County showed 17, Dunn-19, La Crosse 69, Jackson-5, Barron-12, Pierce-22, and Clark-0.